Nothing like a present on St. Nick’s to make a person’s day.
Sooo….I want to start your day with a chance to get a free copy of one of the three novella’s below:
Davalynn Spencer’s As You Are at Christmas:
Angela Murphy’s plans for a cozy Colorado Christmas shatter when she finds her fellow-teacher boyfriend entangled with another woman. But she goes home anyway—to her grandmother Mollie’s Berthoud Boarding House where she’s forced into tasks with Mollie’s handsome new boarder, Matt Dawson.
Camille Eide’s Savanna’s Gift:
Forced to return to the ski lodge where she once worked, Savanna Holt is reminded of one special Christmas and how ambition led her to make the worst mistake of her life: Leaving Luke Nelson.
Ahem, my own, Polar Bear Plunge, which BTW has the sequel coming out next year at Pelican Books. (is that too much self-promotion? Sorry)
Brice Taylor might not be on Aleni Callan's Christmas list, but she finds him under her tree anyway. Nurse Aleni Callan's anger toward God is fueled when Brice Taylor enters her life. Not only does Brice have no regard for his own life—as evidenced by the concussion and hypothermia he suffers after participating in the Polar Bear Plunge—he escaped the war in Afghanistan and lived to tell his story in a bestselling book, while her precious husband was killed.
So add a comment at the end and you get a chance to get one of the three, follow me and I’ll put your name in twice. Woohoo! I’ll let you know this weekend who won…don’t forget your email address so I can contact the winners.
Now, to more serious matters. My favorite Christmas read:
A Christmas Gift by Glendon Swartout, wonderful story about a young man during the Depression who has to go live with his grandparents. A warm, wonderful read that will leave you wanting more. This book is full of humor, family, and coming of age. A special read for the whole family.
Favorite movie? Well, that goes without saying. A Christmas Carol. Nothing like a story of redemption. But there are SO many good ones. I’m a Christmasaholic, so there’s not a movie I don’t like. Not so far, anyway.
Favorite recipe? Fudge! Love it! Can’t do without it! And can’t wait to make it!
Simple fudge recipe:
2c white sugar
1 cup whole milk
½ c cocoa, don’t buy cheap stuff
¼ c butter
1T good vanilla, not imitation junk
Butter a large pan, sides and all. In pan, stir cocoa into sugar and add milk gradually. Cook over medium heat CONSTANTLY until boiling gently. Then don’t touch often, just enough to keep bottom from sticking. Test frequently. A few drops of syrup in cold water until it reaches between the soft and hard ball stages. Or, if you use a thermometer, just a bit above soft ball stage. Remove from heat, and without stirring, add butter and vanilla. DO NOT touch until it’s just warm. Shouldn’t be hot, but doesn’t have to be cool. Then beat like crazy until it becomes creamy. Won’t have shine anymore at all. Immediately spread onto a buttered plate and cut into huge chunks. If you like to add things: nuts, raisins, etc. do so just before you beat. You can make this with brown sugar or white without cocoa for vanilla and maple fudge. Easy and yummy! Cover with wrap overnight for an even creamier fudge by morning. Don’t be tempted to stir or taste while cooling as you’ll cause it to sugar. And you’ll want it nice and creamy. Blessings, Linda
Now that I’ve shared some favorite Christmas traditions with you, why not swing by and visit some of my friends’ sites?
And don’t forget, leave a message and/or follow me for a chance at one of the novellas.
Blessings for you and your family for a wonderful Christmas and Blessed New Year.
Next blog is Lisa Lickel’s on the 7th!
Susan Craft – 9th http://historicalfictionalightintime.blogspot.com
Gail Kittleson – 10th gailkittleson.blogspot.com
Linda Maran – 11th http://lindamaran.blogspot.com
Karen Wingate-14th – www.graceonparade.com/blog
Karla Akins-15th http://envisionpublishing.tumblr.com
Patty Wysong -- 18th www.pattywysong.com
Davalynn Spencer – 19th www.davalynnspencer.blogspot.com